Believe it or not, Ash Wednesday is next week. Lent is less than one week away. As we journey into this liturgical season, I invite you to ponder this question: How will this Lent be different?
Every year during Lent, we’re asked to seek the Lord in prayer, serve others in almsgiving, and master ourselves through fasting. But often, these three pillars of Lent are rolled into one thing, like giving up beer. And sometimes, we do this every single year, and the result is going through the motions of Lent.
Lent is meant to be a transformative time. It’s a time for the ‘old man’ to die off and a ‘new man’ to emerge on Easter Sunday. So, again I challenge you: How will this Lent be different?
And, if you’re stuck or not sure how to approach this Lent, let me make this suggestion: Commit to praying a Daily Rosary.
All of the reasons why we should pray the rosary are too many to fit in this email. But, tradition holds 15 promises made by the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan De La Roche, that I invite you to check out here.
Right now, I wanted to call our attention to two of these promises:
“The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.”
“The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.”
Look around. Sin, vice, heresy. The state of our Church, the state of our country. Who can deny that we need powerful armor against hell, now more than ever? At this moment in human history, we are in dire need of virtue, mercy, detachment, and sanctification. How blessed are we to have the gift of the Rosary and our Lady’s promises.
Pray the Rosary.